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Finally, next to the last day of the year. This group includes Larvae, Pupa, Emergers and Adults. Several are being tied for Michael to toss in some water back East. He’s  gone on a dry fly bender, so a couple of these will meet his needs for catching some sippers and slurpers while his fingers freeze…I had an inquiry from a reader beyond the U.S. about where to find a substitute for the Iridescent Peacock colors from Spirit River in Europe. There ain’t none. I am not aware of anything (including the “other colored peacock” from a U.S. source) that even comes close to the quality of the SR material I use in many of my fly patterns…If ya’ want the real deal, SPIRIT RIVER  will ship it to ya’ !… a tying friend of mine received it in Serbia…

SMALL FACES MIDGES

Completed MIDGE BOX….

XMAS 14 MOO FACE -4

Miles says,  “That’s Just The Way It Is !”

TUNG YQM MIDGE 3

TUNG. YQM MIDGE…

HOOK: Daiichi 1250, #18 – Gamakatsu 13U, #20

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Black

SHUCK: UV Gray Krystal Flash

ABDOMEN: Synthetic Quill Body Wrap, Adams Gray – Hareline  – * Coat with Hard As Hull for durability before and after wrapping

WING: CDC Puffs, White…more than one maybe needed

THORAX: Iridescent Peacock, Black – Spirit River

BEAD: Black Tungsten, sized to hook

YQM stands for…Yer’ Quillin’ ME…

Mat YQM MIDGE

Materials TUNG. YQM MIDGE…

TUNG YQM MIDGES

TUNG. YQM MIDGES…

QUILL MIDGE OL 1

OLIVE QUILL MIDGE – Ritt/Variant ..

HOOK: TMC 103BL, #19 – #21

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Olive

ABDOMEN: Baetis Olive, D’s Flyes, Quill – (* Soak in H2O, wrap, then coat wit Hard As Hull) or use McLean’s Quill Bodies

WING: Sparkle Organza, White

WING CASE/ FORWARD POST: Hi-Vis, Yellow

HACKLE: Olive Grizzly, v-notched

This is an Al Ritt pattern with which, I used a different quill and indicator yarn for the wing case and post (I generally see yellow better). It is an easy tie and may be done in a range of colors for dry fly fanatics like my son…(sigh…)

Mat OLIVE QUILL MIDGES

Materials OLIVE QUILL MIDGE…

OL QUILL MIDGES

OLIVE QUILL MIDGES…

MOO WINTER DAY LO -1-

Good place for Midges and Midge clusters……in the back eddy on the left…Lower Owens River…

UV CHOC MIDGLING

UV CHOCOLATE MIDGLING – Mercer/Variant …

HOOK: Daiichi 1130, #18 – #22

THREAD: Under Abdomen – Tiemco 16/0, White / Thorax Forward – Tiemco 16/0, Dark Brown

SHUCK: AZ Diamond Hair, #.7, Lt. Purple

OVER ABDOMEN:  Pearl Krystal Flash then Micro Tubing, Brown

RIB: Lagartun, x-fine, Silver Wire

THORAX: Iridescent Peacock, Black – Spirit River

WING(s): Looped UV Pearl Krystal Flash

BEAD: Silver Tungsten, sized to hook

Mike Mercer came up with this California variant on the Zebra Midge and his pattern works very well here and in most other places too. The original may be viewed on Steve Schalla’s Site (scroll down). I wanted some in Chocolate for the Lower Owens River…

Mat UV MIDGLING BRN

Materials UV CHOCOLATE MIDGLING…

UV MIDGLINGS BRN

UV CHOCOLATE MIDGLINGS…

OPAL SUSPENDER MIDGE 2

OPAL SUSPENDER MIDGE EMERGER – Cannon/Matthews Variant …

HOOK: Daiichi 1167, #20 or TMC 2488, #18 – #22

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Black

SHUCK: AZ Simi Seal, #.34, Crayfish Orange

ABDOMEN; Micro Opal Flashabou, 1/100″ – * Coat thread with HAH or SHAN, ten wrap Opal Flashabou

RIB: Black,x-sm UTC Wire – * Coat again with HAH orSHAN for durability

UPRIGHT WING: Snowshoe Hare White and Black mixed

THORAX: Stalcup’s Micro Fine Dub., Black

A Jim Cannon pattern with a hint of Craig Matthews (with the Opal Abdomen)…the original is HERE … another basic Midge Emerger that may be tied in a number of colors with a wing that will keep the pattern in the meniscus… like a cork

OPAL SUSPENDER RBG 1

Same pattern…Wing Schollmeyer style…

Mat OPAL SUSPENDER MIDGE

Materials OPAL SUSPENDER MIDGE EMERGER…

OPAL SUSPENDER MIDGES

OPAL SUSPENDER MIDGE EMERGERS…

DIRTY SPIDER MIDGE OL VAR

(DIRTY) SPIDER MIDGE (Olive) – Matthews/Variant…

HOOK: Daiichi 1250, #18, TMC 206BL, #20, Gamakatsu 13U, #20

THREAD: Abdomen – Gordon Griffith 14/0 Sheer, Olive / Thorax forward – Tiemco 16/0, Black

ABDOMEN: Gordon Griffith 14/0 Sheer, Olive

RIB: Lagartun, x-fine, Copper Wire – * Coat with HAH or SHAN for durability

THORAX: Fly-Rite, x-fine Poly, #.10, Brown/Olive

WING CASE/ WING: MP Select CDC, Dirty Yellow

HACKLE: Olive Grizzly

Delicious !!!…another winner from Craig Matthews … a good flat water pattern for below…not the choppy stuff in the center …when Michael wants to work the surface…and maybe the “old guy” when hen sees Michael nailing ’em…

EWR MIDGES F-W 14

There might be some Olive Midges in this water…maybe…

Mat DIRTY SPIDER MIDGE (OL)

Materials (DIRTY) SPIDER MIDGE (Olive)…

DIRTY SPIDER MIDGES

(DIRTY) SPIDER MIDGES (Olive)…

RED MORSEL MIDGE

RED MORSEL MIDGE …

HOOK: Daiichi 1153, #18, Gamakatsu C-12B, #18 – #20

THREAD: Under Abdomen, Tiemco 16/0, White / Thorax Forward – Tiemco 16/0, Black

ABDOMEN: DNA Holo Fusion – 8 strands Red / 1 Strand Flash – * Coat with HAH or SHAN

THORAX: Iridescent Peacock, Purple – Spirit River

Red is a Midge color that has worked for me at various times on the East Walker and other places when oxygen levels are fairly low, in the water. These two articles HERE and HERE explain why certain Midges are Red and when they should be considered for use…

Mat RED MORSEL MIDGE

Materials RED MORSEL MIDGE…

RED MORSEL MIDGES

RED MORSEL MIDGES…

UV BLUE WISP MIDGE 2

UV BLUE WISP SH MIDGE …

HOOK: Daiichi 1110 – #18 – #22

THREAD: Under abdomen – Tiemco 16/0, White / Thorax forward – Tiemco 16/0, Black

ABDOMEN: Krystal Flash UV Blue

RIB: Lagartun, x-fine, Silver Wire – * Coat with HAH or SHAN

THORAX: Hare’s Ear Ice Dub, Harder’s Bloody Black

HACKLE: Starling feather, Blue (dyed) – White Fox Fur & Feather Co. or HERE

Another small Midge pattern in Blue. Use any number of UV Krystal Flash colors over White thread to make these little guys with a dark-ish Thorax. Starling is a particularly good feather for soft hackling these small Midges and if ya’ have to ask “Why over white thread ?”…ya’ ain’t been reading the BLOG…

Mat BLUE WISP MIDGE

Materials UV BLUE WISP SH MIDGE…

BLUE WISP MIDGES

UV BLUE WISP SH MIDGES…

MIDGES FALL 14 IP

MIDGES….coming along…slowly…

BP BRN ML 1

BP MIDGE LARVA (Brown)…

HOOK: Daiichi 1130, #18 – #22

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Olive – Abdomen / Tiemco 16/0, Black – Head

ABDOMEN: Working thread, Olive

RIB: Ice Thread, Yellow – * Coat with SHAN or HAH for durability

A very simple Midge pattern with a high contrast ribbing that hardly anyone uses…something different for the Lower Owens River where Brown Midges are prevalent throughout the year…

Mat BP MIDGE LARVA Brown

Materials BP MIDGE LARVA (Brown)…

BP MIDGES LAR BRN

BP MIDGES – Brown Larva…

STUCK SHUCK MIDGE 1

STUCK SHUCK MIDGE – Luallen/Variant (Cream) …

HOOK: Daiichi 1130, #18 – #24

THREAD: Abdomen – Tiemco 16/0, White / Thorax forward – Tiemco 16/0, Dark Brown

SHUCK: Darlon, Amber

ABDOMEN: Working Tiemco 16/0, White Thread

RIB: Lagartun, x-fine, Copper Wire – * Coat with SHAN or HAH for durability

WING: MP Select CDC, Lt. Mallow

ABDOMEN: Beaver dubbing, Dark Tan

HACKLE: Ginger Grizzly, V-notched

This is a Wayne Luallen pattern I specifically tied for those occasions that Cream Adult Midges are in and on the surface of the East Walker River. There are major hatches of these Midges (in Cream) in late May and at other times during the year on this water. Most anglers that visit the EWR are not even aware of their importance much less have a single pattern in their boxes that imitates them…that’s OK with me…

MOO EWR MIDING

There are prolific hatches of Cream Midges on the East Walker River…the adults are most readily seen at dawn and sunset…The MOO knows about them…

Mat STUCK SHUCK MIDGE CRM

Materials STUCK SHUCK MIDGE…

STUCK SHUCK MIDGES CRM

STUCK SHUCK MIDGES…

GRAY XMAS MIDGE 2

GRAY XMAS MIDGE …

HOOK: Daiichi 1130, #18 – #22

THREAD: Under Abdomen – Tiemco 16/0, White / Thorax forward, Tiemco 16/0, Black

SHUCK: UV Pearl Krystal Flash

OVER ABDOMEN: DNA Holo Fusion, Gray – 8 strands Gray / 1 strand Flash

RIB: Red Ice Thread – * Coat with HAH or SHAN for durability

WING: Sparkle Organza, Dun

THORAX: Iridescent Peacock, Red – Spirit River

BEAD: Black Tungsten, sized to hook

Gray is a color that is often overlooked when it comes to  color for Midge patterns.The Trout don’t overlook them – when they are present…have some in yer’ box…

Mat GRAY XMAS MIDGE

Materials GRAY XMAS MIDGE…

GRAY XMAS MIDGES

GRAY XMAS MIDGES…

Tying BM's 14 -2

Tying at Bob Marriott’s Fly Fishing Fair, November 22-23, 2014…

LX7 K-SS PT RED 1

K-SS PT MIDGE EMERGER- (RED)…

HOOK: Daiichi 1167, #18 – #20

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Black

ABDOMEN: Red Pheasant Tail Fibers

RIB: Lagartun, x-fine, Silver Wire

WING CASE/WING: Snowshoe Rabbit, White or Cream

THORAX: Iridescent Peacock, Black – Spirit River

This is a suspender Midge pattern using the Daiichi “Klinkhammer Hook” that comes in black nickel or bronze. Do not be opposed to using Pheasant Tail fibers for patterns with abdomens that hang below the surface film. Once well soaked, they are very effective. I usually will cut Snow Shoe hair wings with scissors (like Jim Schollmeyer does) rather than lining up the tips…the Trout don’t care and it’s faster. One may substitute Poly Yarn,Puglisi Trigger Point Int’l Fibers, CDC , Foam or Electronic packaging for the Wing Case and Wing..all float better than deer hair…If desired, put a shuck on it…

Mat K-SS PT MIDGE

Materials K-SS PT MIDGE EMERGER- (RED)…

K-SS PT MIDGE EMERGERS

K-SS PT MIDGES…

NANO DNA BLUE 1

NANO DNA CB MIDGE …

HOOK: Daiichi 1250, #18 – Gamakatsu 13U, #20

THREAD: Nano Silk, White, 18/0

SHUCK: Crystal Mirror Flash, Pearl – Cascade Crest

ABDOMEN: DNA Holo Fusion, Blue – 8 strands Blue / 1 strand Flash

RIB: Lagartun, x-fine, Copper Wire – *Coat with HAH or SHAN for durability

WING(s): Grizzly Krystal Flash – Copper/Blue

THORAX: Ice Dub, UV Dun

BEAD: Copper Tungsten, sized to hook

I am using the White, Semperfli, Nano Silk in 18/0 as the base for this pattern. It is slippery as all get out so I use two half hitches to secure it to the hook when first wrapping it on the shank. For this pattern, it adds to the translucence of the abdomen and as a refltor for the UV Ice Dub in the Thorax. Blue is a color, in Midges and other patterns, that have taken good fish for me and the crew throughout the year, for Rainbows and Browns – not just in the Winter. Michael got the Brown below on a “Moo’s Blue Midge” on the East Walker River in September…

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Michael’s Birthday Brown…East Walker River…as my friend, Jim Reid, who owns Ken’s Sporting Goods, in Bridgeport, CA, once said – “There are times when Browns ‘turn on’ to the color Blue.” Best to have some when THAT happens…

Mat DNA CB BLUE MIDGE

Materials NANO DNA CB MIDGE…

DNA CB BLUE MIDGES

NANO DNA CB MIDGES…

MATT'S MIDGE PW

MATT’S MIDGE PW – Matt Miles/Variant…

HOOK: Daiichi 1110, #18 – #24

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Black

ABDOMEN: Working thread

WING: Pearlescent White Nymph Shear – Cascade Crest

WING CASE/ FORWARD INDICATOR: Poly Yarn, Orange

HACKLE: Grizzly, V-notched a bottom for a lower profile, if desired

A Matt Miles pattern…he worked for Pat Dorsey in CO and may have fished a Midge or two while there. It is an excellent flat water pattern. There are many stretches of such water on both the Lower Owens and East Walker Rivers, where this pattern will take fish that are picking off adults, drifting in the current…

Mat MATT's MIDGE PW

Materials MATT’S MIDGE PW...

MATT's MIDGES PW GRP

A gathering of MATT’S MIDGES…

TAN DNA ICE LARVA MIDGE

TAN DNA/ICE LARVA MIDGE …

HOOK: Daiichi 1130, #18 – #22

THREAD: Abdomen- Tiemco 16/0, White / Head-Tiempo 16/0, Black

OVER ABDOMEN: Tan DNA Holo Fusion – 8-10 strands solid color / 1 strand flash

RIB: Rusty Brown Ice Thread – * Coat with HAH or SHAN for durability

Just a simple little Tan Midge Larva that has flash , translucence and segmentation – that is fairly “tooth proof” when coated…I do these in a bunch of colors using DNA Holo Fusion. It is good stuff !

Mat TAN DNA ICE LARVAE MIDGE

Materials TAN DNA/ICE LARVA MIDGE…

TAN DNA ICE LARVAE MID GRP

TAN DNA/ICE LARVA MIDGES…

AM OWENS RIVER

The Lower Owens River at dawn…in the late Fall…

KIMBALL'S MIDGE EMR TP 1

KIMBALL’S EMERGER TP MIDGE – Mike Kimball/Variant …

HOOK: TMC 2488, #20 – #28

THREAD:Tiemco 16/0, Black

SHUCK: Natural Teal Flank (Midges do not have tails!)

ABDOMEN: Working thread

THORAX: Stalcup’s Micro Fine Dub, Black or omit on smaller sizes

WING CASE: Puglisi Trigger Point Int’l fibers, Dun (use a dubbing needle to “hump” it and it will trap air beneath and it will           float mo’ better’)

HACKLE: Grizzly – notched at bottom

This along with Matt’s Midge (above),  “V-Midge”  are three excellent dry patterns to use when the tiny guys are drying their wings before becoming airborne and yes, I will use them from time to time…Michael, now an expatriate to the East, uses dry patterns of all types more frequently than I do…

Mat KIMBALL'S EMERGER MIDGE

Materials KIMBALL’S EMERGER TP MIDGE…

KIMBALL'S EMERGER MIDGES

KIMBALL’S EMERGER TP MIDGES…

UV PURPLE CHASER 3

UV PURPLE CHASER MIDGE…

HOOK:  Daiichi 1250, #18, Gamakatsu 13U, #20

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Black

UNDER ABDOMEN: Krystal Flash UV Purple

SHUCK: Tag end of the above UV Purple Krystal Flash

OVER ABDOMEN: Micro Tubing Purple

THORAX: Hare’s Ear Ice Dub, Harder’s Bloody Black

BEAD: Killer Caddis Diamond Bead, x-sm

*NOTE: On this pattern, tie the UV Purple KF and Micro Tubing on behind the bead, wrap the KF around the hook to the bend first, hold it in the material clip on the vise and then wrap the Micro Tubing back to the bend, then forward, decreasing the tension as ya’ wrap forward…tie off at the thorax…

One may also use a TMC 200r or Daiichi 1270 for this guy but I prefer the hook gape and shape on the Keel  hooks listed with the pattern. Any combo of KF and Micro Tubing may be conjured up for this fly…go for it !

Mat UV PURPLE CHASER MIDGE

Materials UV PURPLE CHASER MIDGE…

UV PURPLE CHASER MIDGES

UV PURPLE CHASER MIDGES…

OWENS VALLEY WINTER MIDGES

OWENS VALLEY in Winter….

DIS'-GO UV MIDGE GRY 1

DIS’-GO UV MIDGE (Gray) …

HOOK: Daiichi 1130, #18 – #22

THREAD: Under abdomen – Tiemco 16/0, White / Thorax forward – Tiemco 16/0, Black

RIB: UTC Wire, Gun Metal Blue, x-sm

OVER ABDOMEN: UV Gray Krystal Flash – * Coat with HAH or SHAN for durability

THORAX: Iridescent Peacock, Kingfisher Blue – Spirit River

These may be tied using any of the UV colored Krystal Flash products. Use WHITE THREAD beneath the flash…hit it with yer’ UV Torch after completion and watch it light up…reflectivity is the purpose for using that combination and for me, it works…

Mat DIS' GO UV MIDGE

Materials DIS’-GO UV MIDGE (Gray)…

DIS%22 GO UV MIDGES

DIS’-GO UV MIDGES…

OP TUNG FB BLK B -2-

TUNGSTEN OPAL FLASHBACK BLACK BEAUTY – Dorsey/Variant…

HOOK: Daiichi 1130 -TMC 2487, #18 – #22

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Black

RIB: Lagartun, X-fine, Copper Wire

FLASHBACK: Flasabou, Opal, 1/100″ – *Coat with Hard As Hull or SHAN for durability

THORAX: Iridescent Black Peacock – Spirit River

BEAD: Black Tungsten, sized to hook

A variation on Pat Dorsey’s pattern which may be tied in a number of colors. This uses Opal instead of Pearl for the Flashback…It is a good deep water pattern…One may also use Ostrich Herl for the thorax but I am a big fan of the Iridescent Peacock colors from Spirit River

Mat OP T BB 1

Materials TUNGSTEN OPAL FLASHBACK BLACK BEAUTY...

OPAL TUNG BB GRP 1

TUNGSTEN OPAL FLASHBACK BLACK BEAUTIES…

 

MORE MIDGE PATTERNS – scroll down

 

Next: Some patterns for Michael…

 

PT/TB

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…comes together !!!

Back in November 2009, I designed this Midge pattern for a friend who was not entirely convinced about the effectiveness of the color PURPLE:

K's PD -1-

KEITH’S PURPLE DISBELIEF

HOOK: Mustad C49S, #18 – # 22

THREAD: Gordon Griffiths 14/0 Sheer Black, UTC 70, Dark Gray

ABDOMEN: Gray Tying Thread

OVERABDOMEN: Hareline Stalcup’s Micro Tubing, Clear

RIB: Wapsi, Wine, X-SM

WING: Royal Blue Krystal Flash, 3 strands

THORAX: ICE DUB, UV Dun

BEAD: Spirit River, Charcoal Metallic, SM

There is an acquaintance of mine named KEITH who squawked “PURPLE?” when he saw this pattern on my FB page. Well, he will squawk directly to his vise when I post some photos on his wall of just what this fly, in this color, can do. And, having named it after him, I will live rent free in his head…forever…heh,heh…

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHe caught this FINGERLING on the Lower Kings River, near Fresno, CA…earlier this week – on that Midge...and NO, it did not take him 3 1/2 years to catch a fish on this fly. He has caught numerous ‘Bows and Browns, on this pattern, on the East Walker and Owens Rivers…

Per Keith : ” Early AM, heavy cloud cover, brisk as you mentioned. Size 18 on 5X, Fish taped 27″x20″. Estimated at 12lbs +. I;m REALLY liking the pattern.”

PT/TB  

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Well, that time again…So here are some small creations for the Eastern Sierra tailwaters we fish…here is the completed box which I now like to use for all my Midge patterns…

MIDGES F-W 2012 -1-

The Fly Box came from Bob Marriott’s and is distributed by Anglers Image

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GRAVITY…

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BROKEN BACK CREAM TIGER MIDGE – Basso/Variant…

HOOK: TMC 2499 SP BL, #18 – (body)/Daiichi 1130, #20- (trailer)

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, White for both abdomens – Tiemco 16/0 Black for head on trailer and behind body bead

SHUCK: Trailer – Rusty Brown Krystal Flash – 1 short strand

RIB: Rusty Brown Krystal Flash for trailer, Rusty Brown Krystal Flash for body…over layed with Lagartun x-fine Copper wire

CONNECTION: 6x Fluorocarbon (Seaguar) cut a 10″ -12″ section off the spool, run through trailer eye, over hand knot tie in to body and gently snug up to bend

*COAT: Both trailer and body with Hard As Hull or S.H.A.N. – for durability and to keep algae off

BEAD: Black brass 1/16″

This is an Eastern Sierra design by guide Chris Basso out of Tom Loe’s Sierra Drifters. It has been around for a number of years and is quite successful on lakes and rivers in the Owens Valley, further North on the Upper Owens River and on the East Walker River in Bridgeport, CA. If there are any questions on how to tie this pattern, leave me a comment and I will help ‘ya out…It is a good one !!!

CB ORANGE -2-

COPPER/BROWN TUNG ORANGE MIDGE …

HOOK: TMC 2499 SP-BLB, #18

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Black

SHUCK: Krystal Flash, Hot Orange, 1 short strand

ABDOMEN: Mottled Nymph Rib, Copper – Cascade Crest

THORAX: Peacock Herl, Strung Red – Wapsi

CHEEKS: Flexi-Floss, Orange

BEAD: Black Tungsten, 5/64″

A deep explorer, attractor type Midge pattern…

TWILIGHT TWINKLER -1-

TWILIGHT TWINKLER SH MIDGE…

HOOK: TMC 100 SP BL – #18 – #20

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0 White – Under Abdomen and Thorax…then, Tiemco 16/0, Black – Head

SHUCK/TAIL: Three short strands, Midge Flash, Pearl

RIB: UTC Wire, Red, x-sm

ABDOMEN: Micro Floss, Purple – Cascade Crest

THORAX: Ice Dub UV Lavender

BEAD: Behind hackle, Hi-Lite Glass Bead, Quick Silver, x-sm – Spirit River

HACKLE: Starling Dyed Purple – White Fox Fur and Feather CO

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THE MOO…my son Michael…pumping PURPLE on the East Walker River at twilight…

From the Winter 2013 Issue: Flyfishing & Tying Journal, “Water Entomology to Fly-Fish By”, Dave Whitlock, ppgs. 16-21…

THE MOST IMPORTANT WATER COLUMN POSITIONS TO FISH AQUATIC INSECTS, IN ORDER OF EFFECTIVENESS:

1. Fly one to six inches above stream bottom.

2. Fly moving upward (emerging) from bottom to surface.

3. Fly resting just under the surface film.

4. Fly resting on the surface film.

5. Fly actively twitching or skittering over the surface film.

…der

TDT (tons de terre) MIDGE…

HOOK: TMC 2499SP BL – #18

THREAD: Veevus 16/0, Olive Dun – for Abdomen – then, Tiemco 16/0, Black – thorax forward

SHUCK: 1 strand Krystal Flash, UV Pearl

ABDOMEN: Veevus 16/0, Olive Dun tying thread

RIB: Wapsi wire, Metallic Olive, SM

WING: Looped Dun Sparkle Organza – a little mussy…it’s meant to be that way – Hareline

THORAX: Ice Dub, UV Brown

BEAD: Black, 5/64″, Tungsten

Earth Tones…like this:

My two EARTHY GUYS…Ally and Hero…by the San Francisco Bay…

PEARL/TAN CHIRONO MIDGE …

HOOK: Daiichi 1130, #18 – #20

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, White – Under Abdomen – then, Tiemco 16/0, Brown Thorax forward

SHUCK: 1 strand, Krystal Flash, Hot Orange

OVER ABDOMEN: Chironomid Braid Pearl/Tan – cut 3″-4″ section separate out 1 strand…I also use this material for ribbing

RIB: Lagartun x-Fine Copper Wire

THORAX: Dyed Peacock Eye, Brown – Spirit River

BEAD: Tungsten Copper, sized to hook

Hareline Chironomid Braid…I love this stuff

RUBY CHIRONO MIDGE…

HOOK: Gamakatsu C12-B, #18 – #20

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Black

ABDOMEN: Chironomid Braid, Pearl/Black – Hareline

RIB: Wapsi wire, Small, Red

WINGS: 3 short strands, Grizzly Krystal Flash, Black/Red

THORAX: Iridescent Peacock Herl, Black – Spirit River

BEAD: Ruby Glass Bead, xsm – Spirit River

I love this hook, I like the Chironomid Braid and the wing material has worked some miracles on East Slope Tail waters…plus, if it doesn’t work, I may use it as a Christmas ornament… Christmas Smilies - ELF

MIDGE boxes I now use…from Wapsi with magnetized bottoms…get ‘em HERE

YELLOW/BROWN SOFT HACKLE MIDGE…

HOOK: Alec Jackson Soft Hackle Trout Fly Hook – #17

THREAD – UNDER ABDOMEN: Tiemco 16/0, Brown

ABDOMEN: Combo Thread, Yellow/Brown – Cascade Crest

SHUCK: Three short strands Midge rainbow Flash – Cascade Crest

THORAX: #.83 Pheasant Tail Emergence Dubbing – Nature’s Spirit

HACKLE: AAA Starling, Dyed Olive  –White Fox Fur and Feather… available HERE

There are only two people I know who are using this thread for Midges…one is Craig Matthews and the other is D. Korn…I wonder why???  …  Christmas Smilies - Xmas Present Unwrap

It comes in a wide range of colors…this is Olive…

Ally getting HERO ready for some “water” activities…

GLIMMER MIDGE – Root Beer –

HOOK: Daiichi 1130, #18 – #20

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Brown – under abdomen, then – Tienco 16/0, Black for thorax forward

ABDOMEN: Glimmer Thread, Root Beer, Cascade Crest

CHEEKS: 1 strand each side, Micro Flashabou, Pearl – coat with Hard As Hull or Loon UV Knotsense

Glimmer Thread comes in a number of different colors and lends its’ self to the “segmentation effect”…this material makes for some nice Serendipities as well…

Cascade Crest Glimmer Thread…

ICU MIDGE TUNGSTEN (Blue) – Maktima/Variant…

HOOK: TMC 2499 SPBL, #16 – #18

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Black

SHUCK: Short strand of UV Pearl, Krystal Flash

RIB: Blue Wapsi Wire, x-sm

ABDOMEN: Black Glimmer Thread – Cascade Crest

THORAX: UV Black Ice Dubbing

CHEEKS: 1 strand each side, Micro Flashabou, Pearl

BEAD: Plummeting Tungsten Bead, Blue, sized to hook

A pattern based on Norm Maktima’s ICU series, from Umpqua, which is new for this year (2013)…I will be doing some other variants for Spring…

GOO FEE’S TUNG MIDGE …

HOOK: Daiichi 1130 ,  #18 – #22

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Black

SHUCK: Pearl Midge Flash

ABDOMEN: Cascade Crest, Combo Thread . Black/White (over base of Black thread)

THORAX: Iridescent Dyed Peacock Eye, Purple – Spirit River

BEAD: Plummeting Tungsten Bead, Red – Hareline – sized to hook

For some reason, flies that I tie, that are named after Michael and Ally, seem to catch a lot of fish (big ones too) see here

GOO FEE (Ally) on the Madison River, MT… above $3.00 Bridge…

FLASHBANG MIDGE – Variant/Red…

HOOK: TMC 2488, #16 – #20

THREAD: Veevus 16/0, Red – under abdomen, then Tiemco 16/0, Black abdomen forward

OVER ABDOMEN: Chironomid Braid, Pearl Red – Hareline – 1 strand

RIB: Black Ice Thread

WINGCASE: Medium Opal Tinsel

THORAX: Iridescent Peacock Eye, Dyed Black – Spirit River

LEGS: Gliss ‘N Glow, Fluoro Fibre, White

BEAD: Killer Caddis, Midge 15/0, Diamond

Solitude Fly CO offers the original of this pattern in Cream, Black and Red HERE. For me, having used the Cream version on the East Walker River, at the urging of my friend Jim Reed at Ken’s Sporting Goods in Bridgeport…the experience was BLAH…this version will get a workout on the Lower Owens River…report to follow…

C-THREAD MIDGE –  Red/Black …

HOOK: Gamakatsu C12-B, #18 – #20

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Black – under Abdomen

SHUCK: 1 strand UV Pearl Krystal Flash

ABDOMEN: Combo Thread, Red/Black 6/0, Cascade Crest

THORAX: Iridescent Peacock Herl, Black, Spirit River

BEAD: Tungsten, Black – Sized to hook

A pattern I have had in the back of my mind since I first saw this combo thread on Craig Matthew’s site…I like the segmentation, which I believe, is a very important factor in Midge Larva and Pupa…The Olive/Yellow thread variation might make an interesting Baetis/BWO abdomen for Spring…

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Well, MIDGES (from Maine Fly Fishing)- the most prolific bug in,on and around water…especially NOW…(Bienvenidos a todos pescador con mosca de Argentina …)

Other “CRAZY PEOPLE” who Fly Fish in the SNOW…

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Michael, freezing on the Owens River in January. 2004…

Here are some patterns I have whipped up based on the proven ties by a bunch of fellows I will mention in the text of this post . Here is some background on the bugs which Jeremy Barella produced for FAOL:

DIPTERA

This – just in (my inbox) from Tom Loe at Sierra Drifters (12.05.09):

Hot Creek:

Access continues to be excellent and this is a great time to fish here for love struck browns! Take your time and scout out the open runs and channels in the weeds. The low sun angle this time of year gives you more latitude for sight fishing the staged up brownies. Any significant snowfall this time of year will make the canyon section a pain in the caboose to hike into so get it while you can. Work scud, egg, or dubbed nymph patterns with red or orange built in.

Red or Orange – Hmmmmm…

PEARL MIDGE

HOOK: TMC 2488, # 18 – #24

THREAD: Gordon Griffiths, 14/0, Sheer White

ABDOMEN: Pearl Krystal Flash

BEAD: Killer Caddis, Black, x-sm

Based on a Pat Dorsey pattern that was developed for Colorado waters…Might look a bit like this.

AQUACHIRONO MIDGE

HOOK: Mustad, C49S , #18 -#22

THREAD: Gordon Griffiths, 14/0 Sheer White and Black

ABDOMEN: White Tying Thread

RIB: 1 strand of Chironomid Pearl Braid Red

THORAX: Peacock Herl

BEAD: Spirit River, Ruby Red, X-SM

COATING: 2 coats of Aquahead on abdomen before tying in Peacock Herl twisted over black thread

I tied this pattern specifically for the East Walker River where I have enjoyed success with red ribbed midges on a white base abdomen. Chironomid Pearl Braid comes in many colors from Hareline. It is fragile. I use the Aquahead to enhance fly durability and to add a medium of translucency to the finished product.

BROWN BRAID JF

HOOK: Mustad, C49S, #18 – # 24

THREAD: Gordon Griffith, 14/0, Sheer Brown

RIB: Chironomid Braid Pearl Peacock

WING: 2 Strands of Pearl Krystal Flash

ABDOMEN: Tying Thread

THORAX: SLF PRISM Peacock

BEAD: Killer Caddis, Gun Metal, X-SM

COATING: Aquahead

Based on the Jude Duran, Johnny Flash Midge which originated on the San Juan River. I added an SLF PRISM thorax (thank you Davy Wotton) because this material is extremely effective on ANY pattern to which it is affixed. That has been my experience. The Gun Metal Bead has worked for me on many patterns that I have used on the Owens River…why mess with a good thing? I have the utmost confidence in this Fly…


VIN KF HOT

HOOK: Daiichi, 1130,#18- # 20

THREAD: Gordon Griffiths, 14/0 Sheer Red

ABDOMEN: Tying thread

RIB: Rusty Brown Krystal Flash, 2 trands, twisted, 6 turns

OVERABDOMEN: UTC, Vinyl Rib, MDG, Clear

BEAD: Spirit River, Ruby Red, X-SM

Another pattern for the East Walker River in cold weather, similar to many patterns in Red that are used on the San Juan. I like the definition that Vinyl Rib provides to the fly. A number of San Juan Red Midge Pupa and Larva may be viewed on this site:

Mike Mora

TUBE FLASHER SLF

HOOK: Daiichi 1130, #18 – #22

THREAD: Gordon Griffiths, 14/0, Sheer Black

ABDOMEN: UTC Mylar Tinsel, Silver side, SM

RIB: Hareline Stalcup’s Micro Tubing, Amber

THORAX: SLF Prism, Olive/Brown

BEAD: Gold, 5/64 or 1/16

A Davy Wotton pattern for the White River in Arkansas – they work just fine on Eastern Sierra Tailwaters.It may also be tied using Black, Red , Green or Peacock tubing using the appropriate SLF PRISM for the Thorax – appropriate being in the mind of the TROUT…

ICE CREME SLF (Black)

HOOK: Mustad C49S, #18-# 20

THREAD: Gordon Griffiths, 14/0, Sheer Black

ABDOMEN: Tying Thread

RIB: Lagartun ,Silver, SM or X-SM

THORAX: SLF PRISM Black

BEAD: Spirit River, White, 5/64 or 1/16

I tied these up for use on the Owens River for late February and early March when there is a preponderance of tiny Black Midges in the River’s Biomass. They would also be effective fished deep on some high elevation lakes that are in the backcountry – later in the year…


ICE TUBE

HOOK: Mustad, C49S, # 18 -# 22

THREAD: Gordon Griffiths, 14/0. Sheer Black

ABDOMEN: Chironomid Braid Pearl Black

RIB: Hareline Stalcup’s Micro Tubing, Black, 6-7 turns

THORAX: 50/50 Mix, Black Ice Dub and SLF PRISM Black

BEAD: Silver, 5/64 or 1/16

Another pattern for the East Walker and Owens River for the Winter and into early Spring. They have not seen this one before…

MB CHIRONO JF

HOOK: Mustad, C49S, # 18 – # 20

THREAD: Uni, 8/0, Camel

ABDOMEN: Tying Thread

RIB: Chironomid Braid Pearl Chartreuse

COATING: Aquahead, 2 coats

WING: Pearl Krystal Flash, 3 strands

THORAX: Olive /Brown Ice Dub

Bead: Spirit River Metallic Brown, SM

A midge when the Trout want shades of BROWN in the Johnny Flash style. It would also be a passable BWO pattern in the Spring in some spots on the Lower “O”…

KEITH’S PURPLE DISBELIEF

HOOK: Mustad C49S, #18 – # 22

THREAD: Gordon Griffiths 14/0 Sheer Black, UTC 70, Dark Gray

ABDOMEN: Gray Tying Thread

OVERABDOMEN: Hareline Stalcup’s Micro Tubing, Clear

RIB: Wapsi, Wine, X-SM

WING: Royal Blue Krystal Flash, 3 strands

THORAX: ICE DUB, UV Dun

BEAD: Spirit River, Charcoal Metallic, SM

There is an acquaintance of mine named KEITH who squawked “PURPLE?” when he saw this pattern on my FB page. Well, he will squawk directly to his vise when I post some photos on his wall of just what this fly, in this color, can do. And, having named it after him, I will live rent free in his head…forever…heh,heh – This is an old RAM Caddis colorIt has resurfaced on the Madison in aMayfly pattern known as the ” Purple Haze

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHe caught this 27″ FINGERLING, on the above pattern, in the Lower Kings River the week of 2.18.2013…

Available at: MRFC

CHARTY TUBE

HOOK: Daiichi, 1140, # 18 -# 22

THREAD: Danville 6/0, Chartreuse – Gordon Griffiths 14/0 Sheer Black

UNDER RIB: Chironomid Braid Pearl Chartreuse, 5 turns

OVER ABDOMEN: Hareline Stalcup’s Micro Tubing, Chartreuse

THORAX: One strand Peacock Herl twisted around black thread

BEAD: Killer Caddis, Caddis Green

Someone once said, ” If it is CHARTREUSE it works”…THE END

CREME RB OZ

HOOK: TMC 200R, # 18 – # 22

THREAD: Gordon Griffith’s 14/0 Sheer White, 14/0 Brown

ABDOMEN: White tying thread

RIB: 3 strands twisted Pearl Krystal Flash

OVERABDOMEN: Hareline Stalcup’s Micro Tubing, Cream

THORAX: Brown Ostrich Herl

BEAD: Killer Caddis, Rootbeer, SM or X-SM

Wanted a Midge in Cream with a hint of gas beneath, hence the Pearl KF and some motion at the thorax. This may work as a good Micro Caddis at the right time of the year,,,

TUBE # 47

HOOK: MUSTAD, C49S, # 18 -# 22

THREAD: Danville # 47, 6/0, Gordon Griffith’s 14/0 Sheer Brown

TAIL: 1 strand of Pearl Krystal Flash

Abdomen: # 47 Tying Thread

OVER ABDOMEN: Hareline Salcup’s Micro Tubing Pheasant Tail

RIB: Wapsi Silver X-SM or Lagartun X Fine

THORAX: Olive/Brown Ice Dub

WINGCASE: 6 Strands of Pearl FireFly

BEAD: Black Nickel, 5/64 or 1/16

A small Midge or Mayfly pattern that has that magical ingredient of Danville # 47 thread. This is an adaptation of the Vince Wilcox VW pattern…his flies slay

GB HOLO CHARTY

Hook: Daiichi, 1130, #18 -# 22

Thread: Gordon Griffith’s 14/0 Sheer Olive

ABDOMEM: SLF PRISM Light Olive

RIB: Hareline Stalcup’s Micro Tubing, Olive

THORAX: Ice Dub Caddis Green

WING: Sparkle Emerger Yarn, Clear White

BEAD: Spirit River, Emerald, SM or X-SM

Flashy – in that color that seems to work just about…anywhere

GLASSHEAD OLIVE GILLIE

HOOK: TMC 200R, # 18 – # 22

THREAD: Gordon Griffith’s 14/0, Sheer Olive

BREATHER: Sparkle Emerger Yarn Clear/White

TAIL: 1 strand Pearl Krystal Flash

ABDOMEN: Tying Thread

OVERABDOMEN: Hareline Stalcup’s Micro Tubing, Clear

RIB: Wapsi Silver Wire, X-sm

WINGPADS: Goose Biots , Tan Orange or Brown

THORAX: ICE DUB ,Peacock

BEAD: Mercury Silver, Spirit River, X-SM

I have pictured this pattern in a previous post. It may be tied in a great number of colors. This fly is a good one

BLACK RB GILLIE

HOOK: Daiichi 1130 or Mustad C49S, # 18 – # 22

THREAD: Gordon Griffith’s 14/0 Sheer Black

TAIL: 1 Strand, Pearl Krystal Flash

ABDOMEN: Tying Thread

RIB: Wapsi, Red Metallic Wire, X-SM

WINGPADS: Goose Biot, Tan, Brown or Orange

THORAX: SLF PRISM Peacock

BEAD: Killer Caddis, Scarlet

A variation on the Gille without the breathers at the bend. One’s imagination could drift…

RED KEY

HOOK: Mustad C49S, # 18 – # 22

THREAD: Gordon Griffith’s 14/0 Sheer Red

TAIL: 1 Strand Purple Krystal Flash

ABDOMEN: Tying Thread

RIB: 3 Strands purple Krystal Flash ,Twisted

OVERABDOMEN: Hareline Stalcup’s Micro Tubing, Clear

WING: Sparkle Emerger Yarn Clear/ White

THORAX: ICE DUB Black

Another in the series of Red Midges that I use. This one is for the East Walker River, below the “Glory Hole”.

PALINISTA – (apologies to EVA)

HOOK: Mustad C49S, #18 -#20

THREAD: Gordon Griffith’s 14/0, Red, White

TAIL: 1 Strand Pearl Krystal Flash

ABDOMEN:White Thread

OVERABDOMEN: Hareline Stalcup’s Micro Tubing, Blue

RIB: Wapsi Silver Wire, X-SM

WING: Grizzly Krystal Flash Back and White

THORAX: Arizona Diamond Hair Pearl Green or Blue

BEAD: Silver, 5/64 or 1/16

OK, I know…the colors are proven – Rainbows like blue…and, it might even work in Argentina…


RUSTY RED RIB

HOOK: Mustad C49S, #18 – # 22

THREAD: Gordon Griffith’s 14/0, Sheer Red

TAIL: Rusty Brown Krystal Flash

ABDOMEN: Tying Thread

OVERABDOMEN: Hareline Stalcup’s Micro Tubing ,Clear

RIB: Wapsi, Red Metallic, X-SM

WING: Sparkle Emerger Yarn, Clear/White

THORAX: Firestar Red/Orange

BEAD: Ruby Red, X-SM

A firey Red Midge for all Eastern Sierra waters and beyond…

SIMPLE FLO

HOOK: TMC 2488, # 18 – # 24

ABDOMEN: UTC 70, Fl. White

BEAD: Killer Caddis Black, SM or X-SM

Yes, it works….

AND, FROM FEB., 2009

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Hot Spot Midge:

Thread: Gordon Griffith’s , Black 14/0

Hook: TMC 2487, Daiichi 1130, #18-22

Abdomen: Wapsi Ultra 70, Black

Rib: X-Fine Largutan wire, Gold or Copper

Shuck: Pearl Krystal Flash

Thorax: Danville 6/0 Fl. Orange Thread – (coat with Aquaflex)

Bead: Copper or Gold

I tied these up to create a ” pop” rather than using the standard Tiger or Zebra Midge for the Owens and East Walker Rivers…Nice!!! Some “other” folks seem to like this pattern too…

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